After a 4-6 start to the 2016 season, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned heads by saying he felt like his team “could run the table” and win out the remainder of the season. Six weeks later, after beating the Detroit Lions 31-24 on Sunday night to win the NFC North, it was mission accomplished.
On Tuesday, Packers wide receiver Davante Adams joined The Jim Rome Show and talked about his quarterback’s prediction, a claim he whole heartedly believed since it was said.
“12 said run the table, and we all knew it was realistic for us to go ahead and do that, so we got it done,” Adams said. “Honestly, I knew from that point that in order for us to get to where we wanted to be ultimately, we had to win the rest of our games because we had dug ourselves a pretty deep hole, and we had to do a lot of good things in order to get out of it, but it was never a doubt in my mind that it was something we couldn’t do.
“So we started playing complete games in all three phases, and I feel like that’s when everybody got on board and started getting a little bit of momentum, and it was hard to stop us since then.”
With the slow start to the season, there were plenty of doubters burying their quarterback, team, and coaching staff, but Adams knew his team’s character and now finds it funny how those same critics aren’t saying much now.
“I mean you hear all the negative things and the naysayers and people that don’t think that you’re able to get it done, but when, like I said, when you have a locker room like we do, man we got legends all over the place,” Adams said. “We got guys like Clay (Matthews), Julius (Peppers) and Aaron, and these are the guys leading us, so we know that we’re not worried about what people are saying, and we have a lot of faith in ourselves and our coaching staff so it was just about executing and it was really on us. And we were completely ok with people putting it on receivers or I know 12 is completely confident in himself as well, so it was just a matter of executing and we started doing that.”
In fact, for anyone who says Rodgers has passed his prime, Adams laughs and says the 33-year-old is playing with an edge.
“You can just kind of see he’s got that look in his eye when he’s out there. Not to say that he didn’t have it before, but in those got to have it moments, you can see and you can kind of feel his energy and it’s contagious,” Adams said. “So when he’s out there, he’s uplifting as he is and making sure everybody is on the same page and everybody knows that everything is still in front of us that we needed, because it was still early, so we just had to close out and he kept us all in high spirits and made sure that we all had his attention to detail, and I feel like that’s what got guys rallied together and ready to play.”
The Packers host the New York Giants this weekend in a NFC Wild Card Game.